How do you feel about bread makers?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shiva14, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. Shiva14

    Mark3785 New Member

    Sep 26, 2014
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    Sadly, NJ
    See if you can find a used one to test. If you like it buy a good new one geared for your needs. I don't use mine very often, but when I do, I'm really happy I have one. Waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread is heaven and having a fresh hot loaf just ready to pull out is a great touch when company comes over.
    Mark3785, Jun 8, 2015
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    Winterybella Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2014
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    I never even heard of bread makers until I came here. I figured bread makers might be associated with bakeries and not your average Joe. I have make only two breads and I don't think a bread maker was necessary. Yet I suppose there is bread and there is 'bread'. Maybe as I grow I will see the necessity for a bread maker, but not at this stage.
    Winterybella, Jun 11, 2015
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    cupcakechef Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2015
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    Such a smart idea. I'm sure a few of my friends also have them so I could always ask to borrow theirs and see if I could feasibly see myself using one. I can't believe I hadn't thought of that before - thank you for suggesting that to me.

    You're right though, there's something so comforting about the smell of fresh bread, and it would be a neat thing to have when entertaining guests. A nice little appetizer before dinner or something!
    cupcakechef, Jun 15, 2015
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    denisa Member

    Mar 5, 2018
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    I love my bread machine! I will definitely continue using one in the future. I just barely started experimenting with oven baking and making all the work from scratch but that's only as a hobby and mostly for the weekends when I feel like doing something different. For my daily needs I rely on my bread maker.
    I think a combination of both by hand and by machine is the perfect choice for me. I'm really happy with both. And that's why I don't regret buying a bread maker (I'm at my second one now).
    I hope that everyone feels the same!
    denisa, Mar 8, 2018
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    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2018
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    I vote for making bread without a machine - it really isn't hard and I have come to that place in my life where I want LESS gadgets to move around in the kitchen - especially big ones! lol

    I had a bread machine years ago that my MIL gave to me - I was never able to have much success with it. I suspect the recipes I tried were too large in volume for the machine as I had overflow issues - haha!

    Bread was one of the very first things I tried when I moved out and started really getting into baking and cooking - I only had a bowl, wooden spoon and the oven + elbow grease!

    I find it very satisfying to knead bread - makes me feel nice - connected to all those people in the past that have done exactly the same thing! And you really can't beat fresh baked bread - warm from the oven - with BUTTER! {smacking lips!}

    I would never judge someone who had and enjoyed (i.e. can figure out!) a breadmaker machine but I would strongly recommend trying baking bread the old fashioned way a few times first! Another option would be to get one second hand if you can - if you ask around you could very likely find someone who has one stashed away in a closet looking for a good home!
    AuntJamelle, Mar 8, 2018
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